“Alexis Hubshman”

Alexis Hubshman: “Scope is like a treasure hunt”

Scope is celebrating its eleventh birthday this year by launching Scope Haus, a new private art centre in Basel. Its president, Alexis Hubshman has managed to launch a fair that today enjoys widespread success. For this edition, 70 exhibitors have been chosen. Independent and atypical… Scope has stayed loyal to its commitments.   Scope has now been around for about 16 years. Its president, Alexis Hubshman, didn’t go to business school. He’s an artist… and an entrepreneur. He previously worked with a landscaping company and even invented a gadget allowing users to walk around on rollerblades when he was 20 years old. He went on to invest some of his profits in opening an art gallery in the Meatpacking district in New York City where no young galleries existed at the time. Three years later, he decided to create his own art fair, Scope. He has already curated shows on China, India, the Middle East diaspora…   Can you outline the context in which Scope has emerged? We started at a beautiful space in Basel, where we were for more than ten years, and we’ve now evolved by taking possession of a beautiful Crédit Suisse building in the centre of town. For the next five years we have it every day, every month, all year. I first came to Basel to show emerging contemporary art – that was sort of where we started. The business started 16 years ago at a time when here weren’t really any satellite art fairs, as they’ve come to be known, so we were really one of the first. Our goal is to show new young emerging dealers and artists whereas the Armory, Art Basel, or Cologne are for the more established. So a lot of the galleries that have come to Scope are...

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